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This photo from the MTA's website shows the deterioration of the concrete under the Myrtle Viaduct that needed to be replaced.

The familiar sound of a soft “ding” followed by the crackling radio voice of a train conductor delivered exciting news on the morning of April 25 to riders of the M train shuttle in Ridgewood.

The M train will return to full service on Monday, April 30, right on schedule.

Although the MTA has yet to confirm that date pending an official announcement, a trusted source who rode the M train shuttle told QNS that the conductor made the announcement, and other riders wrote about it on Facebook as well.

After much anticipation, train service between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue and Myrtle-Broadway Avenue stops will be restored with the completion of an eight-month project that began in September 2017 to repair parts of the 100-year-old tracks. The work was considered critical to preparing the M train for the increased volume it is expected to see during the L train shutdown in 2019.

The restoration of service will give Ridgewood, Middle Village and Glendale residents a direct line into Manhattan once again.

The night before the on-train announcement, the transportation services committee met at the Community Board 5 office on April 24 and the possible M train reopening date of April 30 was a main topic of discussion. While the MTA has not officially confirmed the date with him either, committee member John Maier said that he observed workers at the Myrtle-Broadway stop working late hours that very evening.

“All the track is in place. All the third rail is in place,” Maier said. “Everything seems appropriate. It’s a matter of functionality.”

The $163 million project included the reconstruction of two vital parts of the Myrtle Avenue line, but the work done on the Myrtle Viaduct is what suspended service from Queens to Brooklyn and Manhattan. The 310-foot-long viaduct was built in 1913 and carries tens of thousand of riders each weekday when in service. The tracks, steel structure and concrete deck below all suffered major deterioration over the years.

The project also included the reconstruction of the Fresh Pond Bridge, which carries the M train over the New York & Atlantic Railway’s tracks. The 55-foot-long bridge was also 100 years old and took two months to repair in the summer of 2017.

The MTA is expected to make a formal announcement about the M train soon, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. April 27, 2018 / 11:17AM
Not all critical projects are over budget to say the least for the MTA.
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FlipoutNYC April 25, 2018 / 02:44PM
Everything MTA does is over budget. Let's see if there is a signal problem
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